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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Weekly Prayer for Grandchildren # 8

February 18, 2018
If your grandchildren are like most children they are thinking mostly of themselves. Already at an early age, they are concerned about what they want to do, what they want and will make them happy. “Mine” is often one of the early words in their vocabulary. Dear Lord, I pray _________________ will not only think of what concerns him/her and what she wants to have or to do but also be interested in others and their activities. In Jesus’ name. Philippians 2:4 I have developed “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents have found helpful to pray for my grandchildren. Just by joining the mailing list on the right side of this page for grandparenting blogs and prayer suggestions and I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren”. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer director for Christian Grandparenting Network, pennerlp@gmail.com

What Kind of a Leader are You?

February 15, 2018
Guest blog by Kaylynn Gibb Some calendars still note the birthday of three American leaders, George Washington led an army to win freedom from England. Abraham Lincoln paved the way for freedom from slavery. Martin Luther King Jr. lead people to embrace freedom from violence. You may not be leading a freedom movement for our country, but as a grandparent, you are a leader for your grandchildren. That’s an excellent response. Is your birthday noted on their calendar, too? If not, it should be! I am quite confident you have many or all of the characteristics of a Godly Leader. You are concerned and responsive to your grandchildren’s problems. You are in constant prayer over them. You can identify with the trials they are facing. You are strengthened by the promises of God in the Bible. You are or can be assertive when there is a need. And you have learned to wait on God’s timing. Jack Wellmen describes seven leaders in the Bible by a variety of characteristics. Moses was meek. David was a man after God’s own heart. Daniel lived a life of obedience. Paul suffered well. Nehemiah was bold. Deborah was courageous. Peter failed but was forgiven and restored. But the most significant leader of all human history is Jesus. He leads His faithful followers to the truth, and the truth sets us free. Read what the Bible says about leaders: Psalm 75:7, Proverbs 8:15, Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1-7 Nehemiah boldly prays for Jerusalem to return to God. (1:9 & 11)  Lord, God, If our grandchildren have left You; we pray they will return to You and obey Your commands and live by them. Please hear their prayers. May they delight in honoring You always. Daniel prays in obedience to God. (1:10) Lord, God, May our grandchildren learn to pray to You in times of trouble, always giving thanks, many times a day. David is anointed by Samuel as a man after God’s own heart. (1 Samuel 16:7 & 13) Lord, look at the hearts of our grandchildren. May Your Spirit be powerfully upon them. According to God’s Word in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, we are to pray for the leaders of our country even if we don’t like or agree with them. Almighty God, May we be a leader and example for our grandchildren in praying for the leaders of our country and all in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked with godliness and dignity. Grant Your wisdom to all leaders. (Including grandparents) Give them the humility to seek Your will; make them slow to anger and willing to understand another point of view; give them the courage to do what they believe is right; may they be sensitive to the needs of everyone, yet not subservient to their popularity. Help us to be patient with our leaders in their search for truth. In Jesus Name, Amen. Researched and written by Kaylynn Gibb with inspiration from God’s Word, 7 Great Leaders from the

Weekly Prayer for Grandchildren # 7

February 12, 2018
Teach your grandchildren that God has given us an instruction book of how to live our lives. It is essential they memorize Bible verses as they are growing up so the Holy Spirit will remind them of God’s instructions when they are older. He delights when we allow Him to direct every detail of our lives according to His teachings. Dear Lord, I pray _______________ will follow the instructions in God’s Word because God takes pleasure in every aspect of his/her life. In Jesus’ name. Psalms 37:23 I have developed “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” that many grandparents have found helpful to pray for my grandchildren. Just by joining the mailing list on the right side of this page for grandparenting blogs and prayer suggestions and I will send you a free downloadable copy of “Thirty-one Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.”   By Lillian Penner, Co-director of the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network.  

You CAN make a difference in the lives of your grandchildren

February 8, 2018
The parents of our grandchildren have a great responsibility in these insecure, unstable times we live in today. Young families are busy with their jobs, church activities, children’s activities, etc. There are many distractions for them in their marriage, employment, and parenting. In today’s broken world, Satan’s purpose is to destroy the family. It is important that we pray God will give our children wisdom and time management in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. Thousands of years ago, Queen Esther, stood in the gap for her people when their physical lives were threatened, and God answered their prayers. However, in these days of desperation and confusion, hopelessness and helplessness, when mountains are crumbling, nations are warring, people are rebelling, the earth is quaking, and the enemy is threatening, it’s time to cry out to the Lord! However, today, God is mobilizing an army of grandparents to stand in the gap for their grandchildren and their parents through intentional prayer. Christian Grandparenting Network is committed to encouraging, empowering, and equipping grandparents with resources to pray regularly for their children and grandchildren, both privately and corporately. That is the reason we are inviting you to participate in a Grandparents@Prayer group. If there isn’t a group near you, ask God to help you start a group. We are here to help you. G@P groups provide a safe environment for two or more grandparents to gather and pray for their grandchildren. Most groups schedule their meetings weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly. Meetings last approximately one hour. G@P groups consist of small or large groups of people meeting once or twice a month at a designated location for 1 to 1 ½ hours of prayer and fellowship. I would like to share testimonies of two participants: I love the sweet fellowship, support, and friendships of my Grandparents at Prayer Group. I feel safe to share my heavy heart of my concerns for my grandchildren and their parents, knowing others will be praying for them. It is wonderful to see how God is answering our prayers in the lives of our families as we pray for them.           Carol Glad, Oregon My husband and I have 8 grandchildren who are scattered over three countries. A few days before G@P meets, I text all each grandchild separately and ask if there is anything they want me to pray for them. I also pray for their parents. Touching base personally with each grandchild has helped me become more a part of their life and fostered a very special relationship that I would otherwise not have. God has worked through these contacts and prayers to enrich all our lives, but most especially mine. Betsy Acken, SC  The most significant responsibility of Christian grandparents is to pray for their grandchildren and their parents intentionally. For locations, step-by-step guidelines and promotional materials, visit the Christian Grandparenting Network website. https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-at-prayer/ “The prayer of a righteous grandparent (man) is powerful  and effective.”

Weekly Prayer for Grandchildren #6

February 5, 2018
In today’s broken world, Satan’s purpose is to destroy the family. It is essential that we pray God will give the parents of our grandchildren wisdom and time management in their monumental task of guiding our grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. We live in the midst of a busy and evil environment filled with many spiritual battles. Many parents of our grandchildren are under a lot of stress with their careers, marriages, children’s activities, and other reasons. This tension comes down to their children our grandchildren. Childhood adversity is very common today. Grandparents can make a significant impact on their grandchildren with intentionally praying for them. Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray _____________________ will feel his/her home and family is a “safe place” and a blessing to all who enter because his/her home is Christ-centered. In Jesus’ name. Proverbs 33:3b To learn more about the prayer ministry for grandparents go to https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-at-prayer/ By Lillian Penner, Co-director for the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net        

God Wants an Intimate Relationship with you

February 1, 2018
Isn’t it exciting to have your precious grandchild come running into your arms with hugs and kisses? Your six-year-old granddaughter calling to tell you she lost her first tooth and the tooth fairy is coming to her house or your seven-year-old grandson thrilled to tell you how many goals he made in his soccer game. Last Saturday my two youngest granddaughters came over to visit and we enjoyed making cookies together. Just as you enjoy your relationships with your grandchildren, God enjoys your relationship with Him. This month as we celebrate Valentine’s we are reminded of our relationships, a time when friends express love to each other. However, it can also be a great reminder for us to express our love to our heavenly Father for the privilege of having a personal relationship with Him. Prayer is about a relationship, our relationship with God, and those for whom we pray. God gave us the gift of prayer so we could communicate with Him because He loves us and desires our communication. God does not want us to make our prayers a great production He wants to have a personal, intimate conversation with us speaking from our hearts, sharing our fears and struggles. Paul Miller writes in his book, The Praying Life, “American culture is probably the hardest place in the world to learn to pray, we are so busy that when we slow down to pray, we find it uncomfortable. We prize accomplishments, production. However, prayer is nothing but talking to God. It feels useless as if we are wasting time.” ₁ Our heavenly Father rejoices when we take the time in our busy, hurried life to communicate with Him in prayer, expressing our love to Him, since relationships thrive on communication. The enemy, Satan distracts us with our busy lives hindering our walk with God by distracting our thoughts, making our prayers shallow, hurried, or rote. We face a great deal of stress, difficulty, and disappointments in life for which we need to be deliberate in setting a regular time to pray for our loved ones and ourselves, not just when we have a crisis.  Our lives will be less stressful if we bring our needy hearts to God asking Him to work out His agenda in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones, instead of giving Him our agenda. As we see our prayers answered, we will grow into a more intimate relationship with God and experience more boldness in our praying. Do you sometimes feel like you are too busy to pray? Are your prayers hurried or repetitious? When you pray do you find it hard to connect with God in our distracting world? Send your heavenly Father a Valentine telling him of your love for him by your obedience to him. Prayer Dear Father, I want to have an open intimate relationship with You so I feel comfortable bringing my needy heart to You. I choose to make a daily appointment with You to